Category: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found

News flash (NOT!):  eating unhealthy food is bad for you. While that is not exactly revolutionary, there is still a lot we don’t know, like exactly how diet affects different bacteria of the human biome.  Thus, I am reporting to you an interesting study… Continue Reading “Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found”

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1

It’s the last week of the year, so it’s time for the inevitable yearly round-up posts!  There’s a good article on Gut Microbiota for Health summarizing some of the major microbiota scientific breakthroughs this year.[i]  Of course, you read it first here on The… Continue Reading “Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Bacterial Culprit

As a lifelong IBS  (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer, I found this research to be particularly interesting. To date, in comparing fecal microbiome profiles of those with irritable bowel syndrome to those without, there have been no consistent findings.  Fecal samples reflect the bacteria in… Continue Reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Bacterial Culprit”

More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS

My regular readers know I’ve been following the story of using “heat killed” probiotics to treat a variety of issues ranging from stress and PTSD (see here) to the detrimental effects on brain development from maternal immune  activation (see here).  I find this particularly… Continue Reading “More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS”

Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?

For today, a SUPER interesting paper out of the University of Utah, about how endocannabinoids, signaling molecules of our bodies that “look like” chemicals found in marijuana, can help us fight gut infections.[i]  This would finally explain why cannabis (the plant from which marijuana… Continue Reading “Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2

In part 2 of this look at what we currently know about the benefits of probiotic and omega supplementation on chronic, low-grade inflammation, we’ll be looking at the most common and best studied probiotics, alone and in combination.[i]  As I mentioned in Tuesday’s Part… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be… Continue Reading “The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant”